Team Category: ELL/Student Support

Megan Juhan – Elementary ELL Specialist

My name is Megan Juhan and this is my ninth year in education. This is my fourth year at KCIA. I previously taught two years of Kindergarten in Houston, Texas, and six years here in Kansas City. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2013 with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and […]

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Gracie Larcher – Elementary ELL Specialist

My name is Gracie Larcher and this will be my 5th year at KCIA. After 4 years as a first grade teacher I am excited to transition into a new role as an ELL specialist. I have my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education a master’s in English Language Learners. I have an undeniable passion for […]

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Lauren Chadwick – Elementary ELL Specialist

Hello! My name is Lauren Chadwick. This will be my 6th year at Kansas City International Academy. I’m very excited about my new role as an ELL Specialist! I have a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language. I am very passionate about Kansas City International Academy and our community. I’m looking […]

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Renda Duncan – Elementary ELL Specialist

My name is Renda Duncan and I am an ELL Specialist at Kansas City International Academy. I began my career in education in 2010 teaching Kindergarten for 3 years and then First grade for 4 years in the North Kansas City School District. I came to Kansas City International Academy in 2019, and spent a […]

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Karen Duffner – Elementary ELL Specialist

My name is Karen Duffner and I am entering my 18th year of education. I have a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Missouri State University, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Webster University and Teaching English Language Learners Certification from the University of Central Missouri. This is my first year as an ELL […]

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Paige Rahman – Elementary ELL Specialist

My name is Paige Rahman and I am the 5th Grade ELL Specialist at Kansas City International Academy. My first few years was teaching Special Education in Richmond, Missouri. Later, I moved to the island of Saipan in the Marianas Islands and taught 4th grade for 7 years. I moved back to Kansas City and […]

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Canda Gierach -Middle School Sheltered ELD/ELA

Hi! My name is Canda Gierach. This is my 4th year at KCIA, and this year I will be working with ELL students in middle school. I began teaching in 2007 at Sumner Academy in Kansas City, Kansas; then I taught for 5 years in Liberty. I have taught French, Grade 9 English, and a […]

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